The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Thursday said it arrested 19 vessels carrying out illegal activities within the nation’s territorial waters in 2017.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Sylvanus Abbah said this when the House of Representatives Committee on Navy visited the command in Apapa, Lagos.

“Since June 2017, the patrol efforts at sea, complemented by the Maritime Domain Awareness Assets led to the arrest of some vessels found carrying illegal activities at the sea.

“It is pertinent to state that most of these vessels have been handed over to relevant prosecuting agencies.

“This is in line with the Harmonised Standard Operating Procedures on arrest, detention and prosecution of vessels and persons in Nigeria’s maritime environment,’’ he said.

Abbah added that the vessels were arrested for illegalities ranging from piracy, crude oil theft, illegal and unregulated fishing, sea robbery, amongst others.

“The arrested vessels included MT Wollorf, MT Vine, MT Glenstar, MT Sisi Comfort, MT DA Chris, MT Dove 1, Lurongyuanyu 215, Lurongyuanyu 216,

Others were; Lurongyuanyu 217, Lurongyuanyu 218, MT Matrix 1, Hai Long, Marion, Arc Charley, MT Thyword, MT Queen of Peace, MT United Venture, MT United Trador and MV Miracle,’’ he said.

Chairman of the Committee, Abdussamad Dasuki, and his team are assessing units and bases under the Navy’s Western Naval Command in Lagos.

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